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I would like to setup a Linux system with ScrotWM as the window manager, but I noticed that X is aware of only a few fonts. I would like to have UTF-8 fonts that support multiple languages, including Asian languages like Japanese and Traditional Chinese. How do I install fonts so that X can show them? What kind of fonts would they be? And will the fonts be universally available to other programs like Firefox or OpenOffice once I install them? Or will applications maintain separate groups of fonts for their own use? Thanks.

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To add fonts while X server is running use command:

xset fp+ /path/to/dir/with/fonts/

And, if needed:

xset fp rehash

To make this permanent add FontPath line to your xorg.conf

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You can download fonts (i.e TTF files) then put them in ~/.fonts (for personal use) or /usr/share/fonts (for everyone). After that X should pick up the font list and make it available to all applications (you may have to log out and log back in first).

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